The highlight for today is a visit to the Buddhist Exhibit at the Hai Yin Culture and Arts Research Gallery (Geylang Lor 24A) and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Open House (Bencoolen Street).
I have been interested in fine arts (drawing) for some time and recently is more into design & media.
Geylang - Upcoming Arts and Cultural Area
While searching for a good place for lunch at Geylang Lor 29, we came upon a natural cave design in one of the buildings. It has a painting of the Singapore financial district.
There is also a Buddha representation and a lotus-mandala at the top of the 'cave'.
After lunch, we went on to Geylang Lor 24A. Here is the Hai Yin Culture and Arts Research Gallery.
There were several visitors in the gallery when we arrived at 1.20pm. We spoke to the curator of the gallery briefly. She asked us whether are we interested to learn how to draw Buddha images. Drawing is one of my hobby, so I'm quite tempted to accept. There are two floors to the gallery. Here we are at the second floor with an image of the Dharma Wheel.
Next is the main gallery at the second floor. It explains the history of Buddhism in Singapore, the main temples and the leading masters that shaped Singapore in the last 100 over years.
I also saw the abbot of Hai Yin (in the middle of the photo below). It's been a while since I last saw and spoke to him. I used this opportunity to ask a few questions and gain some insight into the upcoming Singapore economy and society. At the top of the gallery on the second floor, there are beautiful paintings.
After departing from the Gallery, we came upon this car which is all coloured up.
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Open House
Thereafter we proceed on to the NAFA Open House. We made a small stop at Golden Mile before arriving at NAFA Campus 3 at 3pm. Here is the advertising postcard and the large poster against the wall.
NAFA has 3 campuses in all. We started with Campus 3, followed by Campus 1 and Campus 2.
Campus 3 is where the Department of Dance, Music and Theatre is. I found two contrasting mirrors next to the small theatre.
Visitors entering the theatre have to abide by the below rules.
Next we went to the Lee Foundation Theatre. It is large and impressive. There is no problem in accommodating 380 people in all.
The backstage where the actors and actresses get ready for the next act.
Appreciating the scene from the audience area.
There are ample chairs outside the theatre where visitors can just sit and chat during the intermission.
At the fourth floor of Campus 3, there is an outdoor study area, overlooking Ibis Hotel in the distant.
Here is the main building of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts at Campus 1.
There are two gallery exhibits on display. I took a quick shot of it from the entrance. On display are the students' work. Their works are truly amazing and fascinating. I strongly recommend visitors to check while it is still on display.
Campus 1 houses the Designs and Fine Arts departments. We visited a number of their art workshops to see how a sculpture is being made.
The students explaining and showcasing their work.
Some design are driven by environmentally reusable materials.
While walking along the student corridors, we stumble upon this interesting poster and decide to take a photo of it.
We took the stairs occasionally as the lifts are pack with people.
A whole window panel overlooking Bencoolen Street.
The different student art design being place up.
Here is a showcase for 3D Design and Design & Media. It covers film production and computer graphics.
We went around to different parts of Campus 1. Hope that we are not in the off-limits area. Here are some busts which has been kept in some top secret place.
Going down to the 6th floor of Campus 1 B-Wing. Here is where the painters are at work.
Paints on display.
Multi-coloured student projects.
A 3-D paint design.
I notice one of 'my' art work is on design.
The painters work in a unique environment. It very well illuminated and the room feels very cosy.
Next we went down to the School of Fashion Studies in Campus 3. We got there at 5pm and it is already closing.
As the School of the Arts is just round the corner, we decide to check it out too. Here is the main entrance just behind the bus stop. Stairs leading up to a castle.
We have to navigate through the maze to get in.
We proceeded on for dinner at the Japanese area. Thereafter it is chill out at Clarke Quay. It appears Clarke Quay is also ready for the next big holiday - Chinese New Year.
We noticed this interesting concept in one of the shops. There are two mannequins in there. Let's go on to the next scene.
Notice that their clothing changes. These are all image projections. It is just an empty room with two mannequins, but the image projected onto them change how the environment looks like, giving it a 3-D feel.